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Best of Alaska and Yukon (13 nights)

Travel to all the north’s biggest attractions on this small group tour. See wildlife, centuries old glaciers, experience the Klondike Gold Rush and visit four of the north’s most exciting national parks!

Day 1 Whitehorse

You will be met on arrival in Whitehorse and transferred to your hotel. Meet with your fellow travellers.

Day 2 Whitehorse - Haines Junction

Enjoy a tour of the Yukon’s capital, including the restored paddlewheeler SS Klondike. The big roundtrip will begin with a first short stage on the Alaska Highway westbound. You will encounter scenic points of interest inviting you to stop before Haines Junction - situated right next to Kluane National Park - early in the afternoon. Kluane National Park is not only Canada's biggest national park, but here you will find the largest glacier in the world outside the North and South Poles. Even today, most of this huge national park is still unexplored and pristine. Depending on the weather and the group wishes, a short guided hike into the national park can take place. Another possible attraction is a flight with a bush plane to the impressive glaciers within the park, or a flight by helicopter over deserted areas (optional). Overnight Haines Junction.

Day 3 Haines Junction -Tok (Alaska)

Today travel along the scenic shore of the huge Lake Kluane. A first stop is planned at the Sheep Mountain Visitor Centre. Chances are you will spot some of the scarce snow white Dall Sheep on the surrounding mountains. Overnight Tok.

Day 4 Tok - Valdez

The route today takes you along the border of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the largest in the USA and home to 9 of the country’s highest peaks! Then we will drive the Richardson Highway southbound to the small seaport of Valdez on the Pacific coast. The crossing of the coastal range via the Thompson Pass is spectacular, Valdez, called 'Little Switzerland' by its inhabitants, is framed by alpine surroundings. Overnight Valdez.

Day 5 Valdez - Whittier - Anchorage

Today travel the Prince William Sound via ferry. Without a doubt this is a highlight among the scenic beauties of Alaska. The route is close to the Pacific coast, passing calving glaciers, the Columbia Glacier probably being the most specatcular of them all. Sightings of sea otters, puffins, seals, sea lions and even whales are possible today. Ashore again, the next stop is the Portage Glacier. Drive along Turnagain Arm into Anchorage. Watch out for Beluga whales in this area! Overnight Anchorage.

Day 6 Anchorage

Day free to explore Alaska’s largest city. There are many interesting things to discover: Lakes Hood and Spenard, the largest marine airport. In summer up to 800 floatplanes take off and land here daily. Nearby is the aviation museum where you can admire several legendary aircraft. In downtown Anchorage you will find the Art Museum, the Museum of History and Art and of course the typically American shopping malls. Perhaps choose to spend the day on a trip south to Seward including a tour into Kenai Fjords National Park (optional). Overnight Anchorage.

Day 7 Anchorage - Denali National Park

Today leave the Pacific coast region and travel north towards Denali National Park via the George Parks Highway. Optional tours are available including a one hour glacier flight to Mount McKinley. Overnight accommodation close to the park.

Day 8 Denali National Park

Without a doubt this is another highlight of the tour. In the morning you will go on a Denali wildlife tour. A park owned shuttle bus takes you deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. With a little luck you will see wolves, Dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Weather permitting you will see Mt McKinley – N. America’s highest peak at over 6000m.  Overnight accommodation close to the park.

Day 9 Denali National Park - Fairbanks

Back on the George Parks Highway, stop in Nenana to visit the Alaska railroad museum. Fairbanks will be reached early in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is free to explore. Perhaps visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum, or take a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River (optional). Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 10 Fairbanks - Tok

After strolling through downtown Fairbanks set off southbound passing innumerable lakes and rivers in this beautiful landscape. Overnight Tok.

Day 11 Tok - Dawson City

The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway. Beyond the timberline you will pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border at Little Gold Creek, which is the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and the USA. Pass by villages with strange sounding names such as Chicken and Action Wade Camp, and cross the Yukon River by ferry in the afternoon. Overnight Dawson City.

Day 12 Dawson City

Today tour the famous Gold Rush town, stopping in at Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, and Midnight Dome. Diamond Tooth Gertie and her Can- Can dance girls will entertain you at the casino this evening. Overnight Dawson City.

Day 13 Dawson City - Whitehorse

Return drive through the vast Yukon interior along the Klondike Highway. The route follows the Yukon River Valley. Stop at the impressive Five Finger Rapids. Overnight Whitehorse.

Day 14 Whitehorse

Transfer to the airport for your flight out.